What Happens When Parents Fight Over Child Custody?
When two parents are not together or are getting divorced, you can bet that child custody will be a primary issue to resolve. Custody battles can be contentious, highly personal and sensitive matters, and they often do not set the stage for healthy and cooperative co-parenting of the child. If you foresee a possible custody fight, you should seek the assistance of the LAW OFFICES OF PIAZZA & SIMMONS, LLC from the start of your case.
Connecticut law presumes that it is in the child’s best interests to have continuing contact with both parents, so the presumption is in favor of joint custody. However, some parents still have an often outdated idea that they can fight for sole custody without a valid reason. To get sole custody, a parent must provide enough evidence to the court that the child may suffer physically or emotionally if they spend time with the other parent.
Do We Have To Go To Court?
It is generally worth a try to resolve a custody fight out of court. Going to court costs significantly more time, energy, emotional stress and money, and you lose control over the outcome of the case. To keep your future, and your child’s future, in your own hands and save resources, it is often a good idea to try dispute resolution methods with the guidance of your experienced lawyer.
Mediation is a powerful tool used for resolving custody disagreements. Often, a party will not trust the other party’s lawyer, though they may give more weight to the ideas of a neutral third-party mediator. This mediator will listen to what each side wants and will help direct the parties toward compromise and a mutual agreement. At this stage of the case, parents may realize that what is truly in the child’s best interest is for them to stop fighting and move forward with an arrangement that works for everyone.
Whether you know you should fight for sole custody due to threats to your child or the other parent simply refuses to come to any type of reasonable agreement, it may be necessary to take the custody fight into court. The judge will review the situation and determine what type of custody arrangement is in the child’s best interests. This arrangement will become a court order, whether you agree with it or not. There is always a risk in going to trial, so you want a highly skilled litigator representing you.
Discuss Your Custody Case With Our Experienced Attorneys
Whether you are getting divorced or establishing paternity, it is critical to protect your parental rights by hiring a highly skilled custody lawyer to represent you. At the LAW OFFICES OF PIAZZA & SIMMONS, LLC in Stamford, Connecticut, we have helped many parents preserve their rights to spend time with their child and be involved in their child’s life. Please call today for help at 203-936-6772.